Ella Carpenter, 66, of Ross St. in Morganton died Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at Hospice of Catawba County following a period of declining health. She was born January 17, 1943 in Sevierville, TN, and was a daughter of the late Homer and Dorothy Johnson Allen. Ella was a member of The Rock Church, and a former employee of Case Farms.She is survived by a son, Roger Carpenter of Morganton and his girlfriend, Diane, of Hickory; a daughter, Tonia C. Donnell and husband, Terry, of Morganton; sisters, Sonia Cole and Wanda Sue Henderson, both of Tennessee; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and Ella’s longtime companion, Jerry Bracken of Morganton.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Keith Carpenter; and a brother, Roy Griffin.Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 30, 2009 at The Rock Church with Pastor Billy Chapman officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to The Rock Church, 2115 S. Sterling St., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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